it has always been a hope of mine that my two daughters will embrace the art of home made food. to me, a well made meal is an event and when shared with family, there isn’t much out there that can top it. over the years, both of my girls have shown a desire to bake, mostly cookies with the occasional cake thrown in. but with all of these pies i have been baking, i have wanted to spend an afternoon baking a pie with each of them. this last week, i finally got that wish. alix was home for a visit and to help her sister get packed for the big move west and i took advantage of the time to bake a tart with alix. when asked what kind of pie she would like to make, she chose chocolate pecan-you can’t go wrong with chocolate and when you add pecans, it’s even better!
we quickly mixed up a batch of tart dough using the food processor and alix pressed it into the pan with her fingers-no rolling pin required! be sure to use a tart pan with a removable bottom to make cutting serving the easy.
using my foolproof method for partially baking a tart/pie shell, alix lined the shell with a large coffee filter and filled it full of marbles-my choice of pie weights.
while the tart shell baked, we mixed up the filling. for a smooth filling every time, it is important that the ingredients are combined in the proper order. otherwise, the custard separates in the oven and it the chocolate will float to the top. to emulsify the filling, the brown sugar is whisked with the melted butter and chocolate mixture, the cinnamon and vanilla. then the eggs are whisked in one at a time. the final addition is the corn syrup. be sure to scrape that bowl as you go.
toast the pecans if you like and then chop them up and fill the shell with them.
baked to fudgy perfection! let it cool completely before removing it from the pan or it may crumble